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Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Round 2 now open

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for Round 2 applications.  Energy Saving Trust administers the fund on behalf of Transport Scotland.  

Public, community and third sector organisations can apply for funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. 

Following the first round of funding awards, there remains £2.25 million of uncommitted ERDF funds to invest in projects from the Highlands and Islands (H&I) area and £2.15 million of ERDF funds for projects from the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS) area of Scotland. Transport Scotland (TS) is also making available a limited amount of funding -  up to £1 million - to support a proportion of the funding requirements of projects, subject to its 2018/19 budget being confirmed. 

Transport Scotland has made the following changes to the criteria for the second funding call:

  • Total eligible project costs are set at a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £2 million.
  • Applications are required to provide match for the TS/ERDF funding. Applicants in H&I can apply for up to 80% and applicants in LUPS can apply for up to 70% of their total eligible project costs. These limits include an ERDF intervention rate up to 70% ERDF for H&I and up to 40% for LUPS. The H&I intervention rate (up to 70%) is subject to European Commission approval.
  • Path-only applications will be considered provided they can demonstrate that the path works are of sufficient scale and strategic importance, supporting everyday, functional trips.
  • Projects must be completed by December 2019.

Please note the deadline for all applications is Friday 19 January 2018, 4 pm.  

Application Guidance

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Some projects may include construction, upgrading or bringing back into use paths or path networks. For more information about this please read Transport Scotland’s Paths Guidance. Some projects may include the provision of electric vehicle charge points. For more information on how these relate to the ChargePlace Scotland Network, please read the following guidance.

Information Days

Three Information Days were held in Inverness, Stirling and Glasgow in September. If you missed them, you can download the presentations here: 

If you have any questions please contact the Energy Saving Trust LCTT Challenge Fund team:

Email: lctt@est.org.uk 
Phone: 0131 555 8691 

 

 

 

European Structural and Investment Funds              Transport Scotland

Application documents from round one of funding (June 2017)

Application process

Read our FAQs.

Some projects may include construction, upgrading or bringing back into use paths or path networks. For more information about this please read Transport Scotland’s Paths Guidance.

Assessment process

Eligible applications underwent a full assessment and were scored against nine project impact criteria. These scores were then presented to an Assessment Panel for their consideration. For more detail on the assessment process see the following document:

Guidance for grantees

Surgeries and webinars

Further support for you and your project

Background and strategic aims of the LCTT Fund

Get more information on the funding Transport Scotland has been awarded under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 programme.

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Previous funding awards

Awards were announced on 29 June 2017 by the Minister for Transport and Islands. Five organisations received funding.

Project descriptions

Contact us

For any questions about the LCTT Challenge Fund please email the Energy Saving Trust LCTT Challenge Fund project team.

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